Fig tree

I don’t know about you, but if you read the link at the bottom of this page I think you’ll agree with me that we’re past springtime. The buds have been out for a while. Jesus related to us in this chapter using a fig tree and how its leaves bud. There are definitely many things like wars, earthquakes and famine swiping the globe – more and MORE every day, and that when we started to see things like this that the tree was budding……..that the end was near. These things didn’t start just a year ago either. Israel became a nation in 1948 and the Bible speaks of this generation not passing before all of the things listed to take place. Many people speculate that a generation could last anywhere from 30-100 years so you can’t really point out the year the rapture could happen. The Bible specifically tells us that not even Jesus knows when God will allow this event to take place. This scripture also compares the end times to labor pains…….happening close to the actual birth, and with more and more intensity as the time gets closer. If you don’t really understand why things seem to always be happening in Israel, I think it’s obvious what the answer is. Will there ever be peace there? I think there will be, but I think that very well could take place after those who believe in Christ are taken in the rapture.

There will be a leader who brings peace…….fake peace………to the whole world, but not for long. He will have 7 years to show how fake his peace really is. I am only saying this because I have been following people like the http://www.templemountfaithful.org who have committed their lives to getting the new temple ready to be rebuilt. The musical instruments are ready, and the picture below shows that they have tried a few times to actually take the cornerstones to the exact location of the previous two temples. Right now there is a mosque sitting where the new temple needs to be located. It doesn’t seem too far fetched these days for Jerusalem to be one of the next targets of a rocket from Lebanon or Palestine? Tsunamis, earthquakes, World Trade Center, New Orleans, Israel……..in just a matter of years – huge worldwide events………doesn’t feel normal to me and I’ve only been around for 30 years. Just seems like the birthpains are growing with more intensity? After watching my three girls be born I can’t say I’d be willing to be around when labor actually happens…….if it means that these large events are just contractions that are a few minutes apart? Check out this passage and the book of Revelation and Daniel if you want to get more of a glimpse of the truth – http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Matthew%2024%20;&version=65; – see you on the flipside sooner than later……

  1. Whoa………….that was insightful…been thinking on the same line…but just not camping there, and some things are worth spending more than a fleating second.   Our witness is imperative….to the LOST…as well as our influence on Christians….cool !

  2. Where in the bible does it talk about people having a second chance with God after Jesus comes back for the last time?

  3. There is scripture in 2 Thessalonians 2:9-12 that speaks of God allowing those that rejected Him previously to even be deceived more by the anitchrist (lawless one). Revelation 14:1 speaks of the 144,000 (Jews) that will be sealed and protected by the Lord during the tribulation. I’m not sure if there is a specific scripture that says nobody will be saved after the rapture happens (during the 7 years of tribulation), but from the sound of the first scripture below, I don’t think I’d count on it?

    2 Thessalonians 2:9-12
    The coming of the lawless one will be in accordance with the work of Satan displayed in all kinds of counterfeit miracles, signs and wonders, and in every sort of evil that deceives those who are perishing. They perish because they refused to love the truth and so be saved. For this reason God sends them a powerful delusion so that they will believe the lie and so that all will be condemned who have not believed the truth but have delighted in wickedness.

    Revelation 14:1
    Then I looked, and there before me was the Lamb, standing on Mount Zion, and with him 144,000 who had his name and his Father’s name written on their foreheads.

  4. You should share these on the class email since we had that discussion. I remembered the 2 Ths. passage from the anniversary sermons, but didn’t remember the reference. That was news to me! Thanks for the article! I think Ice’s points on the context are sound, good points.
    Do you know the reference on the generation not passing away? Prophecy and end times have got to be my weakest area!

  5. I am not sure about the whole rapture thing, will look up those verses though and have a think about it..

  6. what about this verse “16For the Lord himself will come down from heaven, with a loud command, with the voice of the archangel and with the trumpet call of God, and the dead in Christ will rise first. 17After that, we who are still alive and are left will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And so we will be with the Lord forever.”  1 Thess 4, It sounds kind of final. and also Mark 13 – 35″Therefore keep watch because you do not know when the owner of the house will come back—whether in the evening, or at midnight, or when the rooster crows, or at dawn. 36If he comes suddenly, do not let him find you sleeping.

  7. thanks for bringing this up – its really make me think 😉  I love searching the scriptures to seek answers..

  8. I knew there was more than one view on Matt. 24:34, but I hadn’t heard of it referring to the generation following Israel’s statehood. I had pretty much accepted it as referring to the church age because it made the most sense. But, as God tends to fulfill some prophecy on a small and large scale, I wouldn’t be surprised if both are correct!

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